LJP Update: Meet two of our 2016 Gala Honorees, Cada Voto Cuenta Launch and more

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Meet two of our 2016 Gala Honorees

Join 400+ of our supporters, sponsors and partners as we honor:

Lucero - David Arroyo, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive. Arroyo leads a group of attorneys and staff with responsibility for legal matters in support of the following worldwide functions: litigation, ethics and compliance, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, data security and privacy, ratings research, labor and employment, real estate and bankruptcy. In a previous role at the company, he oversaw internal audit and the accounting professionals who test the controls that assure operating effectiveness and integrity in the reporting of financial results. Before that, he headed the legal staff that negotiated series production and talent deals for the company’s home and travel categories.
Read more about David Arroyo here.

Vanguard - Debo P. Adegbile, Partner, Wilmer Hale. Adegbile focuses his practice on a broad range of matters at the intersection of law, business and government policy. He has significant experience in commercial, government-facing and appellate litigation, as well as strategic counseling in high-stakes cases, civil rights matters and internal investigations. Mr. Adegbile also helps financial institutions and financial service providers navigate complex regulatory and policy issues. His broad legal understanding is drawn from years of experience in the top tier of the law firm, government and not-for-profit sectors, including high-ranking roles with the Senate Judiciary Committee and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Read more about Debo P. Adegbile here.

Check next week's newsletter for a preview of our other honorees.

This year’s Gala theme, Forging a Powerful Future, speaks to the growing influence of Latinos nationwide. As we shape civic, political and social movements, Latinos must come together to exercise their voices and votes to ensure equality, access and justice for decades to come. For more information, click here. To purchase tickets click here.

Cada Voto Cuenta Launch

LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched a new smartphone voter protection app tied to a broader Cada Voto Cuenta Voter Protection project to help citizens report voting violations while voting in the 2016 elections. You can download the app for Android here and iOS soon.

The app will allow voters to immediately report voting violations they might encounter on Election Day. The voter will open the app and fill out a report that is immediately sent to LatinoJustice for legal voting rights review.

More than 200 voter protection volunteers – lawyers, law students, activists and others – will be on the ground on Election Day to monitor polls. The volunteers will have the app to report violations, but the app is also available for free for the broader public.

“Our growing community is particularly vulnerable to efforts to depress our vote and this project is our response,” said LatinoJustice President and General Counsel, Juan Cartagena. “We must ensure that this important election reflects the wishes of our community and that every eligible voter has the chance to exercise his or her preference. Voting barriers must be attacked on many levels and this project marries on-the-ground volunteers, legal experts and technology to make sure those barriers are taken down.”

Read more about the launch event here and watch the video explaining the app here.

Sign up to volunteer with Cada Voto Cuenta here.

LatinoJustice Joins Civil Rights Groups in the Battle Against Ongoing Housing Discrimination

LatinoJustice along with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Howard Law School Civil Rights Clinic filed an amicus “friend of the court” brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Bank of America Corp v. City of Miami. The brief which was submitted earlier this month on behalf of over 20 other civil rights & immigrants’ rights groups highlights that homeownership rates among Latinos, Asian Americans and other immigrant families still lag as a result of discriminatory lending practices. Municipalities like Miami are often in the best position to bring fair housing claims as they see first-hand the devastating impact of foreclosures and predatory lending practices. If cities lack standing to bring suit to protect its residents, the burden would then fall upon individual homeowners to bring legal challenges to systemic discriminatory lending practices.

On September 13, 2016, LJP joined the American Civil Liberties Union, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the National Fair Housing Alliance and several other fair housing groups in filing an amicus brief in a case before the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia that seeks to invalidate a Housing & Urban Development (HUD) rule codifying disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). The U.S. Supreme Court last year in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. had upheld the continued use of disparate impact as a standard to combat segregation in housing related decisions, which remains prevalent to this day.

LatinoJustice had previously joined the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and others in submitting an amicus brief in the Texas v. ICP case to highlight the damages to marginalized communities as a result of housing discrimination based on race and the need for the disparate impact standard to remedy those injuries. Housing segregation remains a pressing concern even after nearly fifty years since the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. The continuing use of racial stereotypes in housing related decisions contributes to the challenges Latinos and other people of color still encounter. Moreover, the continued viability of utilizing disparate impact standard claims is critical to remedying the ongoing harms of residential racial segregation and other housing related discrimination.

Law Day 2016

Law Day 2016 was held at New York Law School on October 8th. LJP hosted 76 law schools and 150 students for its 34th annual recruitment event. This year’s Law Day success was highlighted by the awarding of three LSAT Prep Course Scholarships, sponsored by the law firms, Dechert LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. Major Hazell, a student returning to school after a full career won the Dechert LatinoJustice LSAT Prep Scholarship. Marisa Beckley (Harvard) and Stephen Penn (Regent University) each won a Weil LatinoJustice LSAT Prep Scholarship. The scholarships will be applied to courses in 2017.

“LatinoJustice Law Day is such an important event for anyone applying to law school. You have a rare opportunity to have 1 on 1 conversation w/ reps from 100+ law schools who are committed to diversity and interested in you!” said Carolyn Nelson, founder of Nelson Test Prep and LSAT instructor for LatinoJustice.

Events and Updates

  • Latina Equal Pay Day: Join us along with LCLAA, AFL-CIO and other partners on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 for Latina Equal Pay Day. November 1st reperesents the eleven additional months it takes for Latina workers,Trabajadoras, to earn the same amount as their white male, non Hispanic counterparts in a year. Natasha Lycia Ora Banan will speak during the evening panel.
    When: 4:30-8pm Where: South Florida AFLCIO
    RSVP: Here
  • PROMESA FULFILLED? A Discussion on the Legal Responses to the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis and its Real World Impact: The panel will discuss the passage of the federal law (PROMESA) and the new federal fiscal control board, the civil rights impact of the crisis and austerity measures, and constitutional and international legal dimensions to the measures being proposed and implemented to address fiscal solvency.
    When: November 2, 6:00pm - 8:30pm Where: Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.
    RSVP: here.

Juan Opina

El incansable luchador de Jersey City: Llegó la noticia que Jaime Vázquez murió. Su sombrerito de boina lleno de medallas de servicio militar dejará de ser parte de cualquier motín que necesitaba un toque de militancia. Su voz bajita de fumador de nicotina no nos acompañará en cualquier próxima denuncia del abuso del poder de los ricos contra los pobres. Sus remembranzas que vinculaban los abusadores de ayer con los de hoy no serán ofrecidas por este veterano de guerras oficiales y extra-oficiales a sus colegas en cualquier reunión para elevar la condición de los más necesitados.
Este artículo fue publicado en El Diario y puedes verlo aquí.

Twitter Highlight

  • During #LatinoPolicy summit, @NHLAgenda members met w/@POTUS and @VP. Glad we could participate in convo re issues impacting Latinos in USA. pic.twitter.com/uFeT8axyeU
  • Tonight we launch #CadaVotoCuenta App @CivicHall to protect Latino #VotingRights #Election2016. Details: here @CivicHall pic.twitter.com/XOrwSCsF7l
  • A must have for people who want to be informed about their #VotingRights in #Election2016. The @NALEO #VeYVota pocket voter guide pic.twitter.com/iAmOMNVLWo

Meet the LJPFamilia – Briana Vargas

Where are you originally from?
Miami, Florida.

What law school do you attend?
St. John’s School of Law.

Why do you want to become a lawyer?
I want to become a lawyer because of my passion for a social change. I think that in order to create change, you need to access power, and the law is power.

Why did you want to intern at LJP?
I wanted to intern a LJP because their values stand very much in line with my own, and I knew it would be a great learning experience.

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